Learning Labs

physics

Simple Machines

Extend learning with these resources.

Pre- and post-visit activities

Simple Machines online game
Help Twitch do his late-night work in the Museum workshop by creating simple machines.

Explore all six simple machines in these activities:
Wedge (PDF)
Inclined plane (PDF)
Screw (PDF)
Lever (PDF)
Pulley (PDF)
Wheel and axle (PDF)

Additional resources

Edheads: Simple Machines
www.edheads.org/activities/simple-machines/index.shtml

Edheads: Odd Machine
www.edheads.org/activities/odd_machine/index.shtml

Rube Goldberg
www.rubegoldberg.com

Robo Arm
www-tc.pbskids.org/designsquad/pdf/parentseducators/DSN_NASA_MissionSolarSystem_RoboArm.pdf

Museum connections

Science Storms

Swiss Jolly Ball

Simple Machines Student Guide (PDF)

Simple Machines Chaperone Guide (PDF)

Career connections

Discover Engineering
www.discovere.org/discover-engineering